How can anyone truly help someone who has experienced a loss? In her new book, "What Can I Do?," best-selling author Barbara A. Glanz provides a collection of simple, concrete ideas gathered directly from those who have experienced suffering and loss, ideas of things that helped them feel cared for and comforted.
Barbara A. Glanz knows grief from personal experience. Her son died at a very young age and her husband of many years died recently. Although the ideas in the book come primarily from people who have lost a loved one, most of the ideas are applicable to any kind of loss: the loss of a job, a divorce, the loss of a relationship, the loss of a pet, the loss of health, a move or desertion.
Written for the person who wants to help the one who is grieving, this book is filled with immediately practical ideas as well as long term, specific ways to help someone move from grieving to growth, and eventually to cherishing good memories.
Barbara A. Glanz, CSP, is one of the highest-ranked and most sought-after speakers in the business world. Her winning style has prompted reviewers to call her the "business speaker who speaks to your heart as well as to your head."
Here is what others have to say:
"Barbara Glanz writes from the heart and to the heart. But this is not a sentimental book: it offers direct, practical ways to care for those who are hurting—from someone who knows the hurt first-hand."
-Jack Canfield, Co-author of "Chicken Soup for the Caregiver's Soul" and Co-author of "Chicken Soup for the Grieving Soul";
"Through her personal sharing, with the skill of a writer and the heart felt empathy of a friend, Barbara has stimulated my heart and mind to a genuine understanding that he who sings songs to a heavy heart is like one who takes off a garment (to share) on a cold day. Thank you, Barbara, for this compelling book that will allow me to uphold my friends during their days of travail."
-Ted Nace, Guideposts Foundation; and
"This book offers a brave and honest window into a world that is seldom discussed-the painful yet absolutely normal world of grief that comes to each in their turn-and offers "real-life" suggestions on how to help."
-Rev. Deborah L. Patterson, executive director, International Parish Nurse Resource Center.